In Vrijheid / In Exile

A film by: Floor van der Meulen

In Vrijheid tells the story of a mother who gets her lost son back. For months Neziha has lived in fear, because her son Ismaël left for Syria. Then she receives a message saying that Ismaël is back. He fled Syria and is now detained in the Netherlands. Under strict conditions, the judge allows him to await his trial in his mother’s house. Neziha is determined not to let her son slip through her fingers a second time. She does everything within her power to make Ismaël a productive member of society again. But the more she tries to reach him, the greater the distance between mother and son becomes.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 47’26”
Completion: 09/2016
Genre: drama
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English


  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 30 September, 2016)
    Television Drama Competition Won: Best Actress in TV Drama
  • International Human Rights Film Festival, Argentina (31 May – 7 June, 2017)
    Out of competition: Panorama
  • Lucania Film Festival, Italy (9 – 13 August, 2017)
    Feature Film Selection Won: Best Film, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Interpretation awarded by the Audience.
  • Quebec City Film Festival, Canada (13 – 23 September, 2017)
    International Short Film Competition

Director: Floor van der Meulen
Screenplay: Jaap Peter Enderlé
Producer: BALDR Film: Katja Draaijer, Frank Hoeve
Cinematographer: Ton Peters
Sound: Oliver Pattinama
Sound design: Vincent Sinceretti
Editor: Saskia Kievits
Composer: Rutger Reinders
Production design: Elza Kroonenberg
Hair & make-up: Françoise Mol
Costume design: Maxa van Panhuis
Cast: Nazmiye Oral, Ali Sultan, Saman Amini